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Wednesday 28 September 2016

class carey is pride of the davis faithful

Dashing young Dublin defender is in fine form ahead of semi-final

OLWEN CAREY is flourishing with the Dubs. She has been bringing polish to the defence.

Dublin meet Galway in Sunday's Tesco Home Grown NFL Division 1 semi-final at St Loman's, Mullingar (2.0).

They are chuffed with her progress on the Kiltipper Road. She has been playing with Thomas Davis since she was a child. The last couple of years were golden ones in Tallaght.

Thomas Davis won the Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland Junior Championships.

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Then they secured the Dublin and Leinster Intermediate crowns. They reached the All-Ireland Intermediate final.

It has been some journey. A brilliant, committed group of players, and the inspirational management team of Stephen Bates, Niall Kelly and Mary McGrath.

There were some gala home dates on the Kiltipper Road. Two All-Ireland semi-finals.

Big crowds, top-class organisation. And dazzling Dublin displays.

In 2012, Davis defeated Annaghdown of Galway in the Junior semi-final. And 12 months later, they overcame Derry's Watty Graham's Glen.

Davis were super fit, and they had benefited from playing Division 1 football. The atmosphere was crackling on both occasions. The great Bill Daly was on the gate.

Bill knew that Dublin and Leinster couldn't have better ambassadors. The side was captained by Norah Kirby. The Kirby family are at the very fabric of the club.

"It was a great couple of years," recalls Olwen. "We went on a terrific run. "It was so enjoyable playing with all the girls from your area. They are lovely memories to have.

"The team did very well in Dublin. We went all the way to Division 1.

"The standard there is tough. There's really keen competition,"she added.

"But that's where you want to be. That's where you are going to develop as a footballer."

Olwen played at midfield for Thomas Davis in their sparkling journey. And she's well able to pop over a point or three.

She arrived onto the county senior squad last season. The summer had given her an All-Ireland U21 Championship title.

She was on the Dublin side that beat Meath in the Aisling McGing U21 Championship final.

Olwen was in cultured company. Several players would play for the Blues in the All-Ireland Senior final that September.

"It was tremendous to win the All-Ireland U21 title. It was an excellent year.

"Hopefully now we can do as well again this time," states Olwen.

All along the way, Olwen's progress has been inspired by two guiding lights, Christina McGinty and Siobhan McGrath.

Siobhan is the All-Star Dub, who became one of the best defenders in Ireland. Christina is a legendary figure in the game.

When the Tallaght club were on the march in the last couple of seasons, she was a pivotal figure at full-forward.

She made it all look so easy. Experience is the greatest teacher of all.

She'd steal a couple of yards to show for the ball and then lay it off simply.

"It was great to play with Siobhan and Christina. They are great role models, and I have learned so much from them."

In time, there will be a generation of Davis players, and Dubs, saying the same thing about the cultured Carey.

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